When one thinks about “grippy” thermoplastic elastomers, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is grips for items like golf clubs and bicycle handles.
No longer, thanks to Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc.
New TPE formulations from the laboratories of Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. now guide processors to introduce covers, stubs and wraps that are grippy and protect expensive gadgets.
The benefit is the opportunity to improve a wide range of products, from laptops and tablets to stapler bases and laboratory equipment to ensure they remain stationary on just about any surface. When combined with haptic technology these products provide gaming controllers and other motion sensitive components a much needed “personalized comfort factor”. Thus, a cell phone cover made from StarGrip-X® TPEs won’t slip off an automobile dashboard, a stapler will remain in its place during the stapling process, a tablet will “stick” to the palm or lap of a user, a gaming device won’t slip off a table or lap, or the possibility of a laboratory test instrument falling off a countertop simply won’t happen.
The easily colorable, easy-to-process new TPE for a myriad of applications, is available in small to large quantities. It is available in a wide range of hardnesses, ranging from 20 to 50 Shore A. The remarkable new material can be used in sheet or mat form or molded to conform to the shape of any product, such as the cover for a tablet.
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